During the first weeks of the winter Monday class, the preteens at ICP at THE POINT spent time using their cameras, started printing in the darkroom, and visited the Museum of the City of New York. With photographic exercises around THE POINT and a walk around the neighborhood, students practiced using their cameras working towards correct exposure and experimenting with the use of aperture and shutter speed.
The images they create at home have further put these techniques into practice while honing in on various parts of their lives to tell a story about themselves through their images. While still photographing at home, students spend the majority of time in class making contact sheets and enlarging images from their negatives.
In a trip to the Museum of the City of New York, students were taken on a tour of exhibits Activist New York and New York at Its Core. In both exhibits students looked at photographs taken in the Bronx during the 1970s and discussed how photographs documented and contributed to community social activism. Through exploring the photographs, students discussed what was taking place in the Bronx during that time and how the community came together to take care of itself.
All photographs, credits: ICP Faculty Meryl Feigenberg and ICP Teaching Assistants Vida Lercari, Demi Vera, and Colleen Lidz